Fruita teen accused of stealing from cars
An 18-year-old Fruita man was arrested Wednesday for stealing items from cars after officers tracked the suspect’s footsteps, discarded car-registration documents and a trail of blood left in freshly fallen snow.
Adrian Michael Dunn admitted to Fruita Police Department officers Cheryl Yaws and Josh Dove that he broke into vehicles because he wanted to get money to make bail to release a friend from jail, according to an arrest affidavit.
Dunn was arrested on suspicion of five felony counts of first-degree trespassing on a vehicle and five misdemeanor counts of criminal mischief for allegedly stealing from five vehicles. Officers noted in the affidavit they traced two pairs of footprints back to a home on Aspen Street in Fruita, where Dunn and the stolen items were recovered. Shoe prints left in the snow matched two pairs of shoes that were in the room where Dunn was located, the affidavit said. The name of another person police identified as being with Dunn was redacted from Dunn’s affidavit.
Dunn told police he tried opening the doors on every vehicle he walked past and estimated breaking into between five and 10 vehicles, the affidavit said. He said he would take documents from vehicles and discard them if he didn’t think they were valuable, and on one vehicle he used his arm and elbow to break the window after seeing a package on the backseat. Dunn said the package was a pair of Skechers shoes, which the officers found in the backyard of a home in the 1100 block of Wolf Creek, according to the affidavit.
Blood was found in the snow near the shoes, officers said. Dunn was taken to St. Mary’s Hospital for stitches before being booked into Mesa County Jail.
At about 7 p.m., officers were notified that a vehicle in the 300 block of South Sycamore Street had been broken into. From there, officers followed the shoe prints left in the snow east toward an alley, north of Carolina Avenue, over a fence in the Windsor Park subdivision, into Canterbury subdivision, west to Wolf Creek and westbound through an open space before coming to the Aspen Street home. Shoe prints showed the suspects went up to vehicles during the walk, the affidavit said.